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Publix Super Markets announced Monday plans to build a 1 million square foot distribution center in Orlando. Publix says the $188.5 million investment will create 156 jobs during the distribution center’s first three years of operation.
Publix says it hopes to have the new refrigerated distribution center up and running by the fourth quarter 2014. Publix is partnering with the State of Florida; Enterprise Florida Inc., the state’s principal economic development organization; the City of Orlando; and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission on the project.
Publix has received approval from the state and City of Orlando for an incentive package totaling about $3.8 million, including:
– A Brownfield Redevelopment Bonus tax refund, which is performance-based, requiring the company to fulfill staffing and other contractual objectives before receiving tax rebates.
– An Economic Development Transportation Fund (Road Fund) grant, which is awarded to a local government on behalf of a business for public transportation improvements. Publix also is eligible for the following workforce development benefits the state provides:
– Quick Response Training – an employer-driven training program that provides current Florida businesses with training needed for an expansion. A state educational facility (e.g., community college, technical center, school district or university) is available to assist with application and program development or delivery.
– Incumbent Working Training – provides training to currently employed workers in Florida companies to maintain a competitive workforce and retain the business in-state.